Introducing The New Electronic Timer

Many plant enthusiasts who use drip irrigation and micro irrigation in their landscapes and gardens know that one of the best ways to water plants with just the right amount of water is to use an electronic timer.  Mister Landscaper has had various types of electronic timers over the years - each one adding more features as technology improved.

We are happy to announce that we have just added a new automatic water timer (Product Number: MLWT-TIMER). This timer comes fully loaded with tons of great features, which makes it much better than our previous model.

Just for comparison's sake, we listed some of the differences between our new timer and our old one so you can see for yourself if an upgrade would be worth it.

 

Our new timer can be set to the nearest minute, versus the old one, which was to the nearest hour.

Our new timer has a run time of 1 to 240 minutes, while the old timer could only run from 1 to 99 minutes.

Our new timer has 11 different watering cycles to choose from. The old timer had only 8 cycle choices.

Our awesome new timer has a manual run time of 5 minutes up to 240 minutes. Compare this to the old timer which only had a 30-minute option.

The new Mister Landscaper timer takes 2 AA batteries instead of the hard-to-find 9-volt blocks.

 

With the new timer, it is much easier to change the battery, with no screws to undo - unlike the older one in which two screws had to be removed.

 

One of the neatest features in the new timer is a rain delay setting. This allows you to delay 1, 2, or 3 days before a run cycle. The old timer did not have this feature at all, so it is a great add-on for sure.

 

All of the new features make this new electronic timer a definite plus in our drip irrigation and micro irrigation product line.  It allows customers to set their watering times for their landscapes and gardens, then go about their lives, knowing that their gardens will get just the right amount of water they needs.  The avid gardener could even go on a vacation and not have to get a garden sitter. Nice. 

Comments
4/3/2012 9:48 AM
Do I need to bring inside during winter months?
4/3/2012 12:29 PM
Great news!  I had purchsed two timers last year - one was yours and the other from lowe's.  I preferred the timer from Lowe's because of the rain delay setting.  Sounds like I will have to try this new time of yours when I install irrigation for my parents this spring.
4/3/2012 12:30 PM
Also glad to hear that no screws are needed to install the battery.
4/3/2012 9:35 PM
I'd like to add a timer for my vegetable garden irrigation, but I'm worried about a leaking faucet in the middle of the night (I'm on a well, not city water). I do wonder, though -- does the rain delay feature have to be manually activated? I'm guessing so. It would be awesome to have it automatically detect rainfall and adjust accordingly, especially for those of us who are away from our gardens for 7-10 days at a time.
4/4/2012 6:34 AM
@bellam: We would love to hear your comparison of the two timers when you get a chance.

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/4/2012 9:44 AM
If your area drops below freezing you should bring this in.  I live in New England so every October I drain and blow out all lines with compressed air.  

Timers/filters/etc come inside.  never had a problem.
4/4/2012 10:22 AM
I like the new time and the change in required batteries.  Will probably end up buying a few of these :)
4/4/2012 5:37 PM
@computeraddict04

For this type of device, I would suggest you look at some of the commercial brands like weathermatic.com that has smart controllers and moisture sensors that can turn a timer on and off. Here is their link: http://weathermatic.com/index.cfm?page=SmartLine

Our timer is more for the convenience of being able to turn on micro sprays and drippers that are hooked up to an outdoor faucet using a battery operated timer under $39.

For the technology you want--and I agree is awesome, it just costs quite a bit more for the equipment, which, in my opinion, is totally acceptable.

Our rain delay is something you have to do manually.  You would have to set the 1, 2, or 3 delay, then it would automatically delay the run time by that setting.  

Hope that helps!

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/4/2012 5:38 PM
@rock607@att.net
Yes, please bring this timer inside during the winter months!

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/4/2012 5:38 PM
Thanks for sharing, @jventerprises!
4/4/2012 5:39 PM
@jason
Glad to hear it! Let us know what you think. We're sure you'll love it!

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/4/2012 9:27 PM
Thanks, Daphne! That commercial one would be a neat timer to have, but like you said there's a cost/benefit trade off. I finally invested in a drip irrigation kit this season for my vegetable garden, though I was a little bummed my local Lowes here in NC doesn't carry Mister Landscaper products. I found another nearby that does, though. I'm still researching some timers, and this new electronic one does seem like a nice one! Thanks again for the link
4/5/2012 8:18 AM
Looks like a great times to add to my system!
4/5/2012 12:11 PM
looks like a great addition....I assume there are water pressure limits on the timer?....any specific considerations when connecting it to the line.....do the adapters/regulators come before or after the timer??  Im about to complete installing the drip and micro spray system across 200 ft of flower beds in my backyard.......beds have coneflowers, daylillies, and blackeyed susans to name a few...not to mention a few ground covers......
4/5/2012 2:50 PM
Much better timer then the previous model, although even that one was very good.
4/5/2012 10:22 PM
@oswaldp
I'm no expert by any means, but I think the timer should connect directly to your spigot. Since the water spigot has to be continuously on (letting the timer control water flow to the garden), I would imagine the build-up of water pressure when the timer restricts water flow may possibly damage the connections over time between the spigot and the timer. Of course I could be completely wrong. Your garden sounds great, though!
4/6/2012 11:25 AM
compteraddict.....

guess my question was a bit unclear...wondering if you are using a pressure regulator with the drip/mister system now....is it still required with the timer as well?.........
4/6/2012 8:39 PM
@oswaldp
I do use a pressure regulator to make sure I don't blow out anything. When I used soaker hoses before without a regulator, the water pressure would change whenever the water pump cut on and it often led to holes/blowouts in the soaker hoses.

I'm not sure about the construction of Mister Landscaper products, specifically, but other forums seem to all say "Regulators and Filters must not be installed on the line before a timer or valve as they may suffer damage if kept under constant water pressure."
4/6/2012 8:53 PM
@oswaldp
A follow-up... I just saw this on the "Resolve Common Issues" page here on the Mister Landscaper website: "If the valve is mistakenly placed before a timer, and the system is not active, water will leak from the relief holes. Because a faucet must be left open for a timer to work, too much pressure is placed on the valve. If a timer is used, it must always be installed first. "
4/6/2012 10:18 PM
@computeraddict04 @bahorns
I sure hope you'll give our timer a try.

@mcsvtedu
Thank you so much for the compliment.
4/7/2012 8:09 PM
I had two drip systems installed last year and installed the timer first to the water connection and the bckflow preventor after that.  I had no issues - you should be okay.
4/10/2012 11:07 AM
Looks nice.  I just bought two about a week before this came out, so I missed out this round.  I spent last weekend setting up two separate runs of drippers - one for my raised garden and one to cover all our deck plants.  I'm thinking about adding another run for the shrubbery along the side of the house.  If I do that, I'll pick up one of the new timers.  The rain delay feature is a nice addition.
4/11/2012 7:26 AM
That's pretty cool on the rain delay feature...makes sense!
4/11/2012 11:26 AM
A nice feature for this time might be to have two water lines coming out of the timer with the option to run two different cycles off the same timer.
4/12/2012 7:27 AM
@oswaldp
There are water pressure limits: 20 PSI minimum and 80 PSI maximum....You might want to take a look at the "What Goes on First" pdf. It's one of the downloads on website under support

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/12/2012 7:29 AM
@computeraddict04 @oswaldp
You are correct!!  Our products are not designed to be under water pressure 24/7 but the Timer is designed for this.
4/12/2012 7:30 AM
@oswaldp
If you are using Drippers only, then we suggest using our 25 Psi pressure regulator MLD-25PR, and if using Micro Sprays we suggest the 50 PSI regulator MLA-58.

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/12/2012 7:31 AM
@computeraddict04
Almost correct.. Regulators and Filters must be installed after the timer or valve so they are not under constant pressure.

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/12/2012 7:34 AM
Thanks for the feedback, @bellam.

I'll pass on your suggestion!

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/12/2012 7:35 AM
Thanks for the feedback, @bellam.

I'll pass on your suggestion!

Daphne
MrL Blog Manager
4/14/2012 8:25 AM
I agree with @bellam.  I have 3 different runs coming out of my back faucet.  I wanted each run on its own (non-overlapping) schedule because the type of plants vary greatly (shrubbery, garden, and deck plants).  Since the timers are a bit bulky, I had to use 3 "Y" splitters to get four connections spaced far enough apart to accommodate 3 timers (the fourth connection is used for a regular hose).  This is unsightly and more prone to leakage.  Another option would be to make available a short (6"?) bit of connector hose that is designed to be under pressure all of the time.  This would go between the timer and the splitter connection to give more flexibility in the placement of the timers so that a standard one-piece multi-way splitter could be used with the timers.
4/21/2012 10:06 AM
Just bought your new timer at lowes  can't wait to install!
4/22/2012 10:09 AM
Am disappointed that my Lowe's still does not carry the new timer.  They only have the old model on the shelf.
4/22/2012 7:51 PM
I've had hit-or-miss luck at Lowes in terms of Mister Landscaper products. My local Lowes has several of the smaller parts/accessories in older faded packaging, and hardly any of the hoses. Another Lowes nearby had much more variety, but I still had to order some stuff directly from Mister Landscaper.
4/22/2012 8:47 PM
Amazing invention! God bless MR.Landscaper!
4/22/2012 8:47 PM
Thanks for all the information on the new timer!
4/29/2012 10:35 AM
@computeraddict04 - I've had the same experience here in Ohio with Lowe's.  Some stores carry the Mister Landscaper products.  Others don't carry it at all.
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